Broncos Athletics

From the Director's Chair With Cheryl Levick

January 2004

Bronco Fans,

Mark Your Calendars!

On March 4-8, the annual West Coast Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Championships return to Santa Clara University and, for the first time since we opened the newly renovated Leavey Center in December of 2000, SCU will host a major championship event. NCAA men's and women's postseason berths will be on the line and fans from throughout the WCC region will converge on our beautiful campus to cheer on their teams.

With three highly-competitive teams in the Bay Area, combined with the centralized location of the Bay Area within the league's geography, WCC officials are expecting ticket demand to be at a premium. There are some great men's and women's teams in this conference so I encourage everyone to join us at this event.

As I mentioned, there is a significant demand for tickets to the WCC Championships so I would recommend you don't wait until the last minute. There is a better than average chance the men's event will sell out in advance so I suggest calling the Athletic Ticket Office at 408/554-4660 as soon as you can.

Other SCU Athletics Highlights:

We recently received the fall quarter grade reports for our teams and studen-athletes and I am pleased to announce that we have had an incredible degree of success in the classroom this year. A few of our academic highlights for the fall quarter include:

- Eight of our 17 athletic teams recorded cumulative grade point averages over a 3.0 for the fall quarter.

- After those eight, seven teams finished the quarter with over a 2.92 gpa or better. That gives us 15 of our 17 teams with a 2.9 cumulative gpa or better.

- The women's cross country team led all of our sports teams for the quarter with a 3.492 cumulative gpa and two of their members received perfect 4.00 scores.

- 74 Bronco student-athletes recorded a 3.5 gpa or better for the quarter and 187 had over a 3.0

I'm proud of the effort our student-athletes put forth on the field and in the classroom. Congratulations to the coaches, academic support staff and, most importantly, the student-athletes for such a great fall quarter.

As pleased as I am about our team's academic achievement, I'd be less than truthful if I didn't say I'm very proud of the athletic success we've achieved this past fall.

In the USSA Division I Director's Cup (formerly known as the Sears Cup), we finished the fall season as the top Division IAAA institution in the nation. With our men's and women's soccer and volleyball teams all advancing to the NCAA Tournament, we finished the fall sports season in 16th place overall in the national standings.

We focus heavily on maintaining athletic success on a national scale. So, this ranking is a significant barometer that helps us determine where we stand. I'm very pleased with where we are and if we can continue this success through our spring sports, we have a chance to be one of the top athletic programs in the nation.

Go Broncos!